Marc Whitten Leaves Xbox After 14 Years



In a statement on Xbox Wire earlier today, Microsoft announced the departure of Marc Whitten after 14 years with the company. Marc will be moving on to become the Chief Product Officer of Sonos. Marc was the Chief Product Officer of Xbox.

Whitten expressed his love for the Xbox and it’s fans, as well as his thoughts on leaving the company:

“I have had the extreme pleasure over the last 14 years to work on the greatest product with the greatest team and for the greatest community. Xbox is so special because of the amazing team I’ve had the opportunity to work with and because our fans are the most incredible fans on the planet. It has been the highlight of my career to work on a product so loved. It’s incredibly tough to leave but I am confident the best days are ahead for Xbox fans, in the capable hands of a very talented team.”

Other members of the Microsoft leadership team sounded off on the departure of yet another high-profile figure in Microsoft within a year. Don Mattrick and Steve Balmer have also left Microsoft within the past year.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Marc for more than a decade and he has always led Xbox forward with a focus on our fans and delivering a platform that developers and creators can embrace to deliver incredible games and entertainment. We wish Marc well, while looking forward to the next chapter of Xbox. – Phil Spencer, Head of Microsoft Studios

Marc played a pivotal role in building the Xbox business over the last 14 years and has been a great partner for me personally.Marc has built a very strong and passionate team that has delivered innovative technology for game and entertainment fans. Our fans will continue to inspire us to do great work on their behalf. – Yusef Medhi, Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Marketing

The remainder of Whitten’s team will remain intact and report to Terry Myerson, executive vice president that oversees the teams building the software platform and experiences for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox. Marc joined Microsoft in 2000 and was apart of 3 console generation launches: The Xbox, Xbox 360 and most recently, the launch of the Xbox One.

We wish Marc all the best in his future endeavors.

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